Its Us Against the Groundhog

This year we decided to plant corn in two week intervals which turned out to be a good idea – I think. Just like last year, about the time the corn was almost ready….. tragedy struck. A groundhog. Again. These animals are amazing. This garden is surrounded by 6 foot deer fencing. And a battery operated electric fence. Now the fence is obviously not strong enough to deter this groundhog. If you’ve ever been duped into touching a shock pen – its about that level of discomfort. These groundhogs don’t bother digging under the fence. No they climb over the fence and then they go to town. The first time this groundhog got it – he took out the first two rows that we just ready for harvesting. Two rows of Ambrosia sweet corn. The battle was on. Live trap – he doesn’t go for it. Fill in his hole. He comes back. Just in time to get the next two rows…..

Well fortunately Brian knows how to take care of these critters. This one bit the dust. See how fat he is!

Fat Groundhog bites the dust

Today, I pulled out all the stalks that with eaten corn cobs. I found one piece of perfect corn. Brian and I split it with dinner tonight. Best corn I’ve ever had. No wonder that groundhog ate so much!

Ears of corn eaten by groundhog

We have two more rows of corn that are tasseling now and just starting to form ears. Hopefully we will get to eat it before another groundhog visits!


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